Breaking Down a News

In the body of a news story, all the preparation up to this point comes to fruition. The news you have chosen must now be explained, described, or argued. Each main idea that you wrote down or outlined will become one of the body paragraphs. The introduction of lead and conclusion are merely ornaments for a story but the basic story remains in the body part. Frequently, the ideas in the body of a news lead to some significant conclusion that can be stated and explained in this final paragraph.

An effective concluding paragraph should provide closure, leaving the reader feeling satisfied that the thesis has been fully explained. Probably the shortest paragraph of a news story, the conclusion should be brief and to the point. The conclusion should provide a restatement of the things told in the lead and body. However, a good writer avoids a blatant repetition of the statement which can leave a reader feeling annoyed and disappointed after reading an otherwise interesting paper.  Repeating the thesis, word for word, in the conclusion seems lazy and is not very interesting.  It is best to restate the ideas using different language, perhaps even to create a sort of dramatic effect that comes from repetition. 

First collect your facts. Ask the classic questions: Who, What, Why, When, Where and How.

Start with a strong lead. Hook your viewers or readers with the most intriguing aspect of a story up front, otherwise they won’t bother reading the rest of it

Newspaper articles usually employ the classic inverted pyramid style where all of the five W’s and H that I mentioned earlier are handled in a single paragraph long sentence. In contrast, television news is more conversational. There the lead is usually delivered on camera prior to going to video, which is a major part of the story.

Shun the passive voice. Use simple declarative sentences with a lot of vivid action verbs. Eschew words like “eschew.” Don’t try to impress people with how intelligent you are. Write simply and actively as if you’re trying to reach a best friend and tell her the latest that happened today.


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